Step 1 is a 1-credit course that invites science, engineering, and mathematics students to explore teaching as a career by providing first-hand experience co-teaching science and math lessons in local elementary classrooms.
Master teachers provide ongoing support and feedback.
Step 1 meets weekly on the CU campus (1.25 hours/week) and involves 5 additional visits to a local elementary school.
After this course, you can take Step 2 (EDUC 2030), which has a similar structure to Step 1, but in the context of middle school science or math teaching.
The CU Teach program is a four-year degree/licensure program that allows students to complete a rigorous education in a science, engineering, and mathematics major and fulfill the requirements for a Colorado initial teaching license in Secondary Science or Mathematics.
CU Teach students may be eligible for a number of scholarships including Americorps and Noyce Fellowship. Click here for more detailed CU Teach scholarship information.
For detailed scholarship and financial aid information for all programs in the School of Education, click here.
CU Teach students also have opportunities to complete paid internships in local nonprofit science and mathematics organizations. For example, Science Discovery and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation offer very attractive opportunities for both science and math teacher candidates.
Additionally, CU Teach Engineering students may be eligible for a $4,000 per-semester scholarship (for their last five semesters). Click here for more information.
A Unique University Experience:
CU Teach students form a close community in which they share experiences of college life through many special university resources devoted to them. The CU Teach student group provides professional, academic, and social support for students in the CU Teach program. They continue to support each other after graduation through a network that is part of the CU Teach New Teacher Induction Program.
Support from Master Teachers:
Master Teachers are CU-Boulder faculty members who are veteran teachers of grades 6-12. They teach courses as well as coordinate and support real-life teaching experiences for CU Teach students. Master Teachers mentor CU Teach students from their entrance into the program to post graduation and are accessible to the students as a consistent source of support.
Support from Mentor Teachers:
Mentor teachers are teachers currently teaching in K-12 schools who help CU Teach students with feedback on lesson planning, teaching strategies, classroom management and other important issues that teachers face in today's classrooms.
Support from CU Teach Faculty:
Faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education work closely with CU Teach students. These faculty members all share an avid interest in K-12 education and discipline-specific education research.
CU Teach provides continued support for its graduates by offering face-to-face and/or online support through regularly scheduled professional development opportunities to help them overcome challenges in the classroom. This support extends through the School of Education's "Partners in Education" program and CU Teach.